“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Southern California has struck down the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military and rendered the nation’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy unconstitutional.

From the story in the Washington Post:

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of Riverside on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military.

Phillips says the policy doesn’t help military readiness and instead has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.

The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.

Government lawyers argued Phillips lacked the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by Congress.

The injunction was sought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a 19,000-member group that includes current and former military members.

Can a federal law allowing Gay Marriage be far behind?

  1 comment for ““Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ruled Unconstitutional

  1. September 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The President is the Commander In Chief of the military.

    It’s Obama’s responsibility to make the decision on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

    The opinions of an activist U.S. District Judge and the feelings of the House of Representatives are irrelevant; and their actions are an abuse of power.
    If Obama is unwilling to defend the Office of President, then he should resign and return to Chicago as a Community Organizer.

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